From the Pastor's Desk - Archive

June 16, 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity. We acknowledge God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: one God, three Divine Persons in perfect unity. St. Augustine, one of the most important theologians in the history of the Church and our Diocesan patron, wrote a treatise on the Trinity. During his writing, he struggled to understand. One night he had a dream in which he came across a boy playing by the ocean. The boy had dug a hole on the beach and was running to the water, scooping up water,…read more

June 9, 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Happy Pentecost! Today we celebrate the Holy Spirit rushing upon the Apostles gathered in the upper room with the Blessed Virgin Mary. Filled with the grace of the Spirit, the Apostles speak in tongues and go out proclaiming the Gospel in such a way that all those who are in Jerusalem to worship in the Temple, regardless of their homeland or language, understand the truth of Jesus Christ. Through the preaching of the Apostles, the Holy Spirit inspires the gift of faith in thousands who receive baptism that day. Truly on Pentecost, we can…read more

June 2, 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I remember a few years ago receiving a note from some friends describing their child’s bedtime prayer routine. My friends told me about how he listed the people he wanted to pray for and the occasional surprise entries in that category. After a visit to their home, their son had added me to his list. I was touched to know that I was on the receiving end of nightly prayers! In a way, I was amazed, as I had no reason to think he would ever have it in mind to pray for me.…read more

May 26, 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, This year, the sixth Sunday of Easter coincides with May 26, a day on which we normally would celebrate the feast of St. Philip Neri. He is known as the second apostle of Rome (St. Peter, of course, being the first!), for his many years of teaching the Catholic faith and encouraging the people of that city to lives of prayer, worship, and virtue. Philip was known for his service to the sick and poor, his ministry to outcasts and prostitutes, and for his ability to meet people as they went about their daily…read more

May 19, 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As we close the spring celebrations of the sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation, I have been deeply moved by the devotion and reverence of our young people, especially those children who received the Eucharist for the first time. Before each First Communion Mass, I spoke with the children who, naturally, shared a mix of feelings: excitement, nervousness, curiosity, and more. Watching the care with which they received Holy Communion was a real blessing and a reminder to me, personally, of the gift of the Eucharist in our lives. Do you remember the…read more